Nis­bet on brink of Easter Road move

Evening Times - - FOOTBALL - MARK HENDRY

HIBERNIAN are poised to sign Dun­fermline striker Kevin Nis­bet ahead of Dundee United.

The Tan­ger­ines had been track­ing Nis­bet for months un­der for­mer man­ager Rob­bie Neil­son but Hibs have stolen a march on their Pre­mier­ship ri­vals and hope to seal the deal im­mi­nently, and could un­veil their lat­est re­cruit as soon as this after­noon.

Jack Ross has also tracked Nis­bet for a while and Herald and Times Sport un­der­stands the player’s first choice of club to join is the Easter Road out­fit. It comes with a fee be­lieved to be worth around £250,000 to the Pars, who re­cently re­leased 17 play­ers due to the coro­n­avirus out­break.

The Leith club, too, have been work­ing un­der se­vere fi­nan­cial con­straints in re­cent times, with owner Ron Gordon re­port­edly ready to cut costs by re­leas­ing staff mem­bers in­clud­ing coach Colin Nish and Grant Mur­ray.

For­mer Partick This­tle and Raith Rovers for­ward Nis­bet struck 18 goals in 25 games last sea­son for Ste­vie Craw­ford’s side fol­low­ing his move from Stark’s Park.

The 23-year-old had hit an im­pres­sive 29 goals in 34 league games be­fore seal­ing a switch to East End Park.

Nis­bet ex­clu­sively told H&T Sport re­cently of his de­sire to step up to the top tier of Scot­tish foot­ball.

He said: “I know I’ve got the con­fi­dence in my­self. I can go eas­ily and step-up again. I’m start­ing to score goals, the con­fi­dence is there and I hope to keep hit­ting the tar­get.”

Dun­fermline for­ward Nis­bet

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